Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the San Diego State Aztecs season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in Mountain West
Head Coach: Rocky Long, 9th year, 71-35
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO STATE OFFENSE
– Seven starters return to an Aztec offense that finished 111th in the nation and scored just under 21 points per game. The normally amazing running game wasn’t there, the passing game wasn’t efficient, and in all, the team scored 21 points or fewer six times and put up more than 30 once.
– Ryan Agnew might not be a big bomber, but the 6-0, 190-pounder stepped up last year when Christian Chapman was banged up. He only completed 52% of his passes for 1,651 yards and ten scores with six picks, and he wasn’t consistent. It’s his ship to fly now full-time with JUCO transfer Jordon Brookshire fighting with sophomore Mark Salazar to be the main backup. However …
– A few of the main receivers are gone. It’s not like any of the Aztec receivers lit it up, but Fred Trevillion average over 27 yards on his 22 catches, and tight end Kahale Warring led the team with 31 grabs. Making matters worse, third-leading yardage receiver Tim Wilson was forced to retire thanks to a foot injury.
Sophomore Ethan Dedeaux is the leading returning receiver with 22 catches, 6-3, 250-pound senior Parker Houston will be the main tight end target, and sophomore Kobe Smith has to stretch the field on the outside after making just nine grabs.
– There might be a few issues with the passing game, but the running backs are fantastic. 5-7, 190-pound senior Juwan Washington was banged up throughout last season, but he still scooted for 999 yards and ten scores. Chase Jasmin is a strong veteran No. 2 option who ran for 592 yards and five scores, and sophomore Chance Bell got his feet wet with 189 yards.
– There’s just enough to work with on the line to be okay as long as junior Kyle Spalding is ready for a bigger role at one tackle gig. Keish Ismail is a veteran center, Daishawn Dixon is a 6-5, 320-pound senior left guard, JUCO transfer Jacob Capra is a 6-5, 320 tackle option, and 6-5, 355-pound redshirt freshman William Dunkle will push for time at right guard.